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IND vs ENG: Jonny Bairstow Can Break Batting Records, Says England Leader Jos Buttler

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By AFP News
March 28, 2021 • 13:20 PM View: 151

England's stand-in captain Jos Buttler has backed top batsman Jonny Bairstow to become the country's leading century scorer after his 124 against India helped England level the series going into Sunday's final game.

Bairstow - with Ben Stokes' 52-ball 99 - powered England to victory in the second of the three-game series, and he said afterward that he wanted to have the most one-day hundreds for England.

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He now has 11 centuries from 85 games, five behind Joe Root, who leads with 16, and just behind Marcus Trescothick on 12 and Eoin Morgan on 13.

"Jonny has been in unbelievable form for the last few years for us, he has been one of the world's leading batsmen in ODI cricket and he has been amazing to watch," said Buttler, who is replacing the injured Morgan as captain.

Buttler said the England team wanted to push back "boundaries" with their attacking play and the record was there for the taking for Bairstow, who has been in the world's top 10 for several years.

"It is fantastic the form that Jonny is in and there is no reason why he should not go on and break all those records." The batsman has been unable to pin down a regular Test place but has become the first choice in limited-overs.


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